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Dr. Laura N. Gitlin

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Professor, Director Center for In...

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
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Email: l***@***.edu
Johns Hopkins University
The And The Johns Hopkins Hospital 600 North Wolfe Street
Baltimore , Maryland 21287
United States

Company Description: The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing is a global leader in nursing research, education and scholarship and is ranked among the top 10 nursing higher...   more

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  • Ph.D.
  • PhD
    John Hopkins University School of Nursing
  • PhD
    Thomas Jefferson University
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Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, Johns Hopkins University Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, an applied research sociologist, is a Professor of Community-Public Health in the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, and holds a joint appointment in the School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Gitlin is nationally and internationally recognized in the areas of nonpharmacologic approaches in dementia care, family caregiving, functional disability and aging in place. She has received continuous research and training grants from both federal agencies and private foundations, including the Alzheimer's Association and the National Institutes of Health for more than 24 years. Her programs of research include understanding adaptive processes in old age-particularly with the use of assistive devices and environmental modifications-psycho-social-environmental approaches to helping older people with physical frailty age in place, nonpharmacologic approaches to enhancing quality of life of individuals with dementia and their family caregivers, mental health disparities in older African Americans and depression treatments, and translating and implementing evidence-based interventions for family caregivers, individuals with dementia, and older adults with functional difficulties.. She is developing with colleagues the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing Center for Innovative Care in Aging, which will examine issues related to developing and testing health promoting interventions for older adults and their families and implementation science.
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Laura Gitlin, Ph.D. Director, Center for Applied Research on Aging and Health Thomas Jefferson University
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Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, an applied research sociologist, is professor in the Department of Community Public Health, School of Nursing with joint appointments in Department of Psychiatry and Division of Geriatric Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. She is also the founding director of the Center for Innovative Care in Aging at Hopkins School of Nursing. Dr. Gitlin is nationally and internationally recognized for her research on developing, testing and implementing novel nonpharmacologic interventions to improve the quality of life of persons with dementia and their family caregivers and daily functioning in older adults with functional disability.
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Laura N. Gitlin, PhD. Director of the Center for Innovative Care in Aging Johns Hopkins School of Nursing
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Good luck getting guidance. “You are on your own to figure out what is needed and how to put a plan together in a meaningful way,� said Laura N. Gitlin, professor of community public health and director of the Center for Innovative Care in Aging at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. “It is a huge challenge.�
Dr. Gitlin is an expert on “person-centered� care for people with Alzheimer’s disease and the originator of a massive open online course (M.O.O.C.) on this condition, which will be offered through Coursera for five weeks starting in mid-October.
The course offered by Dr. Gitlin and her collaborator, Nancy Hodgson, an assistant professor at the School of Nursing at Johns Hopkins, is free to anyone who wants to enroll.
Dr. Gitlin and Ms. Hodgson expect about 20,000 people worldwide to do so, reflecting the concern internationally over Alzheimer’s.
“The point is to help people understand Alzheimer’s disease from a comprehensive perspective that encompasses not only its medical implications but social, psychological and environmental considerations,� Dr. Gitlin told me in an interview.
She’s especially focused on what she calls the “lived experience� of people with dementia. Caregivers and professionals “need to know about the different stages of this disease and how a person is functioning during these stages in their home, their family and their community,� she said. Only then does it become possible “to develop a supportive environment that allows the person to use the capabilities he or she still has.�
That’s what person-centered care is all about. Instead of dwelling on the losses suffered by someone with dementia â€" the things they can’t do any longer, the ways in which they are diminished â€" it means appreciating that “a person’s sense of dignity, of purpose, of needing and wanting a role remains intact almost to the very end,â€� Dr. Gitlin said.
We often forget this, because people with dementia often aren’t able to express it.
Recognizing that people won’t sit through long online lectures, Dr. Gitlin and Ms. Hodgson have broken each class into 15- or 20-minute segments.
Dr. Gitlin is developing non-pharmacologic interventions to treat troublesome behavioral symptoms and participated in writing an important paper on this topic, published in JAMA late last year.
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